Schroeder Tuesday showed that he's still determined to have a German head the fund by nominating Horst Koehler, who's worked in the opposition Christian Democratic party. "The Germans were rebuffed in the first round," notes TIME financial correspondent Adam Zagorin. "So they've made an effort in this second round to produce a candidate who will not be rejected."
It seems there is general backing for Schroeder's new choice. On Tuesday the European Union supported Koehler for the position, which has traditionally been held by a European (the U.S., meanwhile, gets to choose the head of the World Bank). It also seems unlikely that Schroeder would risk presenting another nominee without first having received indications from the U.S. that the candidate would be acceptable. When the U.S. was holding out against Koch-Weser, a consortium of Arab and African nations championed the IMF's deputy, American Stanley Fischer. It raised speculation that the U.S., which has the largest vote of any nation in selecting the IMF chief, was angling to have an American in the office. But Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers said Tuesday that there needs to be "global consensus" on who the next IMF head is an indication that the U.S. will vote for the European.